In this section of our website you'll discover some interesting facts about hurricanes. These monster storms produce large amounts of damage and sometimes fatalities. However, there are some interesting things about hurricanes outside of all of that.
Below you'll find interesting facts about hurricanes and give you a better idea of what they can do. I hope you're ready to expand your knowledge on the most powerful weather storm on our planet. Remember, these are life threatening storms and they always should be taken seriously. If there is an interesting fact about hurricanes you think should appear below, just use our contact form to let us know.
A hurricane is the cause of the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. The hurricane known as the Great Galveston Hurricane in 1900 killed between 6,000 to 12,000 people. By the time this hurricane reached New York City it still had winds reaching 65 mph.
Between 1851 and 2009 forty percent of all hurricanes that hit the U.S. hit the State of Florida.
The Atlantic hurricane season with the fewest storms was in 1983. There were only 4 total named storms, 3 became hurricanes with 1 becoming a major hurricane.
The Atlantic hurricane season with the most storms was in 2005. There were an astonishing 28 named storms, 15 became hurricanes with 7 becoming major hurricanes.
Hurricane Alice was a unique storm. It's the only hurricane to span multiple years. It formed on December 30th, 1954 and dissipated on January 6th, 1955. This technically makes this storm the earliest and latest for an Atlantic hurricane season. It would also be the only hurricane name used two years in a row.
Clement Lindley Wragge was the meteorologist who started the trend of naming hurricanes after peoples' names. When Clement retired it would be almost 60 years before naming storms became common place.
Before weather satellites the U.S. military would fly routine weather reconnaissance sorties to detect the formation and track tropic storms.
A hurricane can be as large as the State of Montana in the United States. That hurricane would have a diameter of 600 miles.
Two hurricanes have never combined into one powerful storm. However, the fujiwhara effect can cause two hurricanes to circle each other.
Jupiter has a famous hurricane-like storm called the Great Red Spot. Astronomers have been observing this storm since 1830, with observations as early as 1665. If that's accurate this storm has been raging for over 300 years.
The United States actually considered using a nuclear bomb to break apart a hurricane. The head of the U.S. Weather Bureau (Francis W. Riechelderfer) in 1961 considered the idea, and Jack W. Reed, a meteorologist in 1995 wrote a detailed report on how it potentially could be done. Luck for us this idea isn't getting any real attention.
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